Why did it take six years for this album to be released? It didn’t take long to make: electric guitarist Jeff Parker, double bassist Eric Revis, and drummer Nasheet Waits […]
The quartet that bassist Eric Revis brings to Jazz Fest is packed with inside-outside explorers: pianist Kris Davis, reedist Ken Vandermark, and drummer Chad Taylor.
The 40th annual Chicago Jazz Festival includes 68 sets in Millennium Park and the Cultural Center, among them Maceo Parker, Jaimie Branch, Jason Stein, Diane Reeves, Greg Ward & 10 Tongues, and Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
Bass clarinetist Jason Stein spent a good chunk of last year and most of 2016 playing large theaters and basketball arenas with his scrappy trio Locksmith Isidore as the opening […]
Not even arena gigs with his famous sister, comedian Amy Schumer, can tempt Jason Stein from his drive to make better jazz.
Because competition for gigs in New York is so tight, jazz musicians often need to carve out a very specific niche—to become the best at mainstream postbop or neo-swing or […]
Ten Reader writers review 15 new records, including Pallbearer’s stately, mournful doom, Willis Earl Beal’s raw, mystical antipop, and Jack Ruby’s staggeringly savage no wave.
Theaster Gates and Ken Vandermark join pianist Jason Moran in an oral history of their evolving Chicago collaboration Looks of a Lot.
Current obsessions of music photographer Carmelo Española and Sick/Tired vocalist Adam Jennings
The terrific Philadelphia pianist Orrin Evans kicks off one of two Chicago performances in 2013 with Dana Hall’s Black Fire project Thursday night in Millennium Park.
Today’s 12 O’Clock Track is from the new Orrin Evans album, Flip the Script
Hannes Reisinger Ken Vandermark Earlier this year I interviewed Ken Vandermark for a feature that ran in Down Beat magazine. One of the things he discussed but that didn’t make […]